March 3, 2008

Those `70s Shows

(In Malaysia)


AMONG the first singing competitions to be produced locally. Artistes it unearthed include Shagul Hamid, Suhaily Shamsuddin, Zalifah Ibrahim, M. Sani, Frankie Cheah, Sugiman Jahuri and Sept 5. In 1975, it changed its name to Bintang RTM which would later give us the late Tan Sri Sudirman.


FIRST aired in 1975, it was arguably one of the first English- medium variety shows and was hosted by Datuk Ahmad Daud.


THIS was only aired on the TV Pendidikan channel, but Bing and Bong, the two English speaking clowns, were a favourite among those who grew up in the late `70s. Remember the song, Learning English is so much fun? Classic.


AIRED from Sept 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. ChiPs was a light- weight action crime drama (that played more of a comedy in many episodes, particularly in the first season). It starred Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis ('Frank') `Ponch' Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his strait-laced partner.


AIRED from 1978 to 1982, the series, won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series. The story focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher at the fictional Sunshine Cab Company. It was ranked 48th in TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.


AIRED from 1976 to 1981, the show starred Kermit the Frog, who was also a regular on Sesame Street. Whereas Kermit was a happy, perky and somewhat avuncular character on Sesame Street, here, he is trying to keep control of the varied, outrageous, kinetic Muppet characters (and his temper), as well as keep the human guest stars happy and secure. Many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television, and they included Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Elton John, Christopher Reeve, Johnny Cash, Twiggy, Julie Andrews and Alice Cooper.


INSPIRED by the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and the 1970 film MASH, the series was a medical drama/black comedy that followed a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War.


ORIGINALLY aired between 1974 and 1984, the show presented an idealised vision of American life in the 1950s and early 1960s. It centred on the life of a middle-class family, the Cunninghams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The family consisted of Howard, a hardware store owner, Marion, his homemaker wife, and the couple's teenage children, Richie and Joanie.


THE longest running supernatural sitcom of the 1960s-1970s. The series starred the spanking hot Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964-1969), Dick Sargent (1969-1972), and Agnes Moorehead. It continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication.


A comedy series that satirised the secret agent genre, the series won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for an additional 14, as well as two Golden Globe Awards.


THE series followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive and ultimately escape from a previously uninhabited island where they were shipwrecked and stranded.


THE series centred on a two-man troubleshooting team for a covert espionage organisation: American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum). James Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed to the show's creation.


ORIGINALLY aired from Dec 1964 to Jan 1970, the show starred Barbara Eden as a female genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, and with whom she falls in love and eventually marries.


TELLY Savalas starred as the eponymous New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. It aired from Oct 24, 1973 to March 18, 1978.


AIRED from 1978 to 1984, the series starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. Roarke was known for his white suit and cultured demeanor, and was initially accompanied by an energetic sidekick, Tattoo, played by the diminutive Herve Villechaize. Tattoo would run up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout "The plane! The plane!" to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the beginning of each episode.

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